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Gnomegang - Brewery Ommegang

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1,194 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,194
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 84
Gots: 155 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2011

Malts: Pilsner, Carapils, Flaked Oats, flaked Red Wheat, Special B
Hops: two Saaz varieties, 3 additions
Spices: none
Sugar: yes
Yeast: Chouffe yeast in primary fermentation, Ommegang yeast in bottle conditioning
OG: 19.9 o Plato
FG: 2.9 o Plato
IBU: 19
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Photo of denver10
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orangey golden with a yellowish hue and a nice white head that sticks to the sides. Aroma is wonderfully yeasty providing some spiciness, some pepper, there is some citric fruitiness in there too. Flavor follows the aroma but on steroids with a nice dry finish. A crisp, creamy mouthfeel. Overall, fantastic brew.

Photo of TheNightwatchman
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of superspak
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 1/23/2013. Pours lightly cloudy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, light banana, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, floral, grass, candi sugar, and earthy yeast spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with moderate malt balance. Taste of big lemon, apple, pear, grape, light banana, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, candi sugar, floral, and earthy yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, light banana, clove, pepper, wheat, bread, candi sugar, and floral on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters; with a great malt/spice flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick and very crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible Belgian strong pale ale! Huge balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with light-moderate malt sweetness; and dangerously smooth and crisp to sip on for 9.5%. An insanely delicious offering.

Photo of mkppisdead
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of soxandbeer
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of JDavidRice
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of IamShawnMurphy
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of theleechster
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Golden in color, displays great clarity. A towering three fingers of white head retains wonderfully. A blanket of sticky lacing is left behind as the beer is consumed.

S: Very yeasty and complex. Musty and chalky. Soft white pepper, clove, spice. Pleasant malt base is bready and biscuity- undoubtedly pilsner malt, among others. Hops are herbal and spicy with a hint of lemon zest. Alcohol is stealthily hidden. Faint whiffs of pineapple and tropical esters. Great balance and awesome depth on the nose.

T: Yeasty, as in the nose. Chalk and spice. Has a bit of that musty cellar taste. White pepper and just a faint hint of clove. A touch starchy. Slightly medicinal, but in a good way. Bready and biscuity malt base. Hops fit in nicely too with a slight balancing bitterness and some spicy/herbal tastes and a faint spritz of lemon. Pineapple, apricot, orange, and other tropical esters come toward the back end, and the alcohol knocks gently to announce its presence without alarming anyone. The finish is bready and yeasty, caressing the palate gently as if rocking it to sleep.

M: Medium bodied, though it feels even lighter. Luscious and delectably creamy. Slight prickling carbonation. Far too drinkable for its own good at 9.5% abv. A warmth in the swallow is the only clue to its strength. Defines what it is for a beer to be smooth.

O: This is one of the best and most memorable Belgian golden ales I've ever had. Supremely balanced, with the malt, hops, and yeast contributing equally. A melt-in-your-mouth creamy and smooth feel propels drinkability through the roof. It has that great dichotomy of being simply pleasing yet still complex and contemplative. If there's a heaven, this is the type of beer I imagine they'd be drinking up there.


Photo of ThomasAWilson2
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Jason1337
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of CDCNAM
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Beerdudenumberone
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of murraymj
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of YieldToNothing
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

poured from a 750ml bottle into a la chouffe tulip.
pours a perfect golden yellow, with a head of about an inch and a half. smells nice and funky. taste is crisp and clear, can definitely feel the funk...in a very good way. abv is hidden extremely well, this one sure is easy to drink.
excellent beer, though it tastes more like a tripel than a bspa. had it on tap at the brewery a few weeks ago at an ommegang dinner, but i was already more than a few drinks in at that point. nice to taste it with a clean head/palate.

very very good beer, hope they release this year round.

Photo of WissBrauSean
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a hazy gold color at 45 F. I did not pour it vigorous enough to get a huge head because yesterday the yeast was disturbed and that could also be leading to the super haze. The head is brilliant white mostly of fine bubbles and a few lager ones and just as a nice ring around the glass and a Friar Tuck cap in the center that is a six point star. Cool! The lacing is minimal but the ring remains on the glass as I sip. As the beer warms it gets clearer (Chill haze).

The aroma is mostly of a mix of sweet light malt, grain, citrus, banana, bubble gum, yeast and a hint of metallic.

The taste is bready and mildly sweet and very similar to the description of the aroma. I love straightforward beers even though they are pretty complex. The malt sweetness and grains with the fruits play equally on your tongue as it passes over your taste buds and then near the end some tartness come through just before a bit of dry hop bitterness and peppery feel at the end albeit very mild. The dryness lures you to another sip unsuspecting of the high alcohol content which is only mildly apparent on the back of your throat. Very well balanced!

The mouthfeel is a bit tricky. The moderate amount of carbonation mixed with the higher alcohol content sort of give it a bite although the body is moderate and lighter than you'd expect. The finish is dry and peppery. There is a bit of slippery feel on my tongue.

This beer is really quite good! In fact, I would say it is on the cusp of being world class. I know there are better versions out there, but I have not had them yet so I can't compare. I am going to say that I feel confident in giving this beer 4's in all the categories. It's really excellent! Well balanced and pleasant.

Photo of Maayan
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smells wheaty. Mild carbonation, mild flavor. Light bodied mouthfeel. Balanced hops/malt, slightly sweet with vanilla and orange notes. Maybe just my inexperience but it tases remarkably similar to a wit. Typical beer for me, goes down easy, could drink several of these - hides the 9.5% ABV well.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Gnomegang from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 1,194 ratings.